Earlier on this year, the Lomography company announced the development of a Petzval lens for Canon and Nikon DSLR cameras. While that one has a super classic look to it, a new Kickstarter wants to aim for those reaching for higher fruit. The Petzvar is a 120mm f3.8 medium format lens that is using the crowd sourcing platform to make the lens come to the mass market. The lens will be designed for medium format cameras (specifically Pentacon P6 mount) but will work with 35mm full frame cameras via an adapter. In a case like this, it might work best with a Sony A7 or A7r unless you get a split image focusing screen.
Like other Petzval lenses, it will be sharp in the center with a swirly effect on the corner. Additionally, this lens will have a very clear, cool, modern look to it. If anything, it looks like something made by Zeiss.
The Kickstarter video is after the jump, but it doesn’t show very much to it. Tech specs and sample images are also after the jump.
One of the downsides of smartphone photography is low light performance. Images are terribly grainy and suffer from poor colors. Fortunately, there’s a solution on the horizon. The folks at Brick & Pixel have just launched a Kickstarter campaign for the Lightstrap, a ring light for your iPhone.
The Lighstrap attaches to your iPhone like your standard case does, but with a few key differences. It provides soft light with adjustable brightness and color temperature to get great photos and video, and it is powered by an internal battery, which is rated at 500+ photos or 30 minutes of video. It’ll also work with any camera app that uses Apple’s standard API, so have at it.
The fine folks at Orange Monkie have recently launched a Kickstarter campaign for Foldio, a portable studio that aims to help entry-level product photographers take better photographs. Anyone who’s browsed eBay knows that some of the auctions suffer from lackluster photos. Foldio is aimed at the smartphone photography crowd, but if you have a more powerful camera lying around, you can use that, too. At 10.2 x 10.2 x 10.2 inches, Foldio doesn’t have space for everything, but it’s perfect for that tchotchke you’re selling.
LEDs along the top provide even lighting, and a colored sheet of your choice provides a horizonless background. White’s usually the go-to backdrop, but for this, there’s also: yellow, orange, green, purple, blue and pink. The whole thing folds down into a piece that would fit easily in a messenger bag. There’s several weeks left in the campaign, and if you dig the project or would like a Foldio, head on over to the page to back it.
To be honest, there are many ways to carry your camera and many accessories to go with them. Not all of them are good. However, something comes along and makes me take a pause because it is just what we need or want. That is where the C-Plate comes in. I was introduced to the product at Photo Plus earlier this year then was sent a prototype from their Kickstarter project and I have put it through its paces.
A new Kickstarter for a device called the Michron is trying to make timelapse shooting easier for everyone. The Michron is a a tiny device that mounts into your hot shoe and then connects to your camera via cable. The device holds information that you send to it via your phone. In turn, this means that you’ll need to download an app from the Google Play store or App store.
In order to send the information, you’ll need to connect to the Michron via a cable. Once the info is all sent, then it will be ready to go and all you need to do is disconnect your phone.
Though the idea has been done already, not many folks can boast a battery life of 2,500 hours–which means you can pretty much shoot timelapses non-stop. It allows you to do things like bulb ramping, interval ramping, HDR bracketing and more.
If successful, we’re positive that the company will go on to do even more. Considering that they’re taking the mobile approach, they can also figure out a way to do this via ad hoc wifi or maybe even bluetooth.
Real innovation in the photo and video world is rare these days. We see a lot of minor and major improvements on the same old ideas, but it’s rarely that something really revolutionary new appears. Well, it seems one of these rare moments has arrived. Welcome the bublcam, a clever new 360° video and stills camera that is currently being financed via Kickstarter.